Sunday, June 23, 2019

Trunkfuls of Eyeglasses!

What would you do with a trunkful of used eye glasses?
What about several trunkfuls of eye glasses?



Why not host an "Eyeglass Sorting Party"?  Invite a few friends over, offer to feed them lunch and put them to work.

A friend from church generously donates the excess eyeglasses from her business.  Our crew sorts out the single vision glasses (lenses for both eyes are essentially the same).  Then we label them, bag them by strength, and they are ready to go on our next mission trip.

Eyeglasses that we are not able to use are donated to two other non-profit organizations that are able to replace the existing lenses with new prescriptive lenses.

Thank you to the crew - you know who you are!
Sorry to the workers who left before photos were taken!




Click on any of these links to see reports from some of the eyeglass clinics we do in developing nations:

Sri Lanka Eye Clinic          Mexico Eye Clinic        Ghana Eye Clinic

"... and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." Malachi 3:10b

We can't wait to see the lives that will be changed for good, touched by the love of Jesus, through these eyeglasses.

Stay tuned for reports as the journey continues.....


Thursday, May 30, 2019

HOME TO MONTANA!

Each year Pat and I look forward to July, because that means it is time to come home to Montana!  It's a perfect time for us to escape the excessive heat of Las Vegas and visit family, life-long friends and share in times of ministry.  Since I am on staff at our church, Pat will be heading north a few days ahead of me to enjoy some extra time in Montana, and a family trip to Canada.  She will be flying into Missoula on Tuesday, July 2 and I will be follow on Friday, July 12.  We both return to Las Vegas on July 22.

There are a few open dates in our ministry schedule.  If you would like us to come and share with your small group or church about what the Lord is doing in Southeast Asia through "Greater Works Unlimited", please email us at gary@gwunlimited.com. You will not be disappointed!

Here is our schedule so far:

  • Sunday,  July 14 - 10:30 am at "House of Praise", Victor, MT
    with Pastors Jim and Lorraine Andrusky
  • Wednesday, July 17- 6:30 pm at "Crosspoint", Victor, MT
    with Pastors Scot and Shelly Colwell.
  • Thursday, July 18 - 10:00 am at "Women of Worship," Missoula, MT
    with Pastor Lorraine Andrusky
  • Sunday, July 21- 10:30 am at "Barnabas Ministry," Hamilton, MT
    with Pastor Nancy Pendergast

God is leading us into a new season of change and transition.. We're excited to share with you the next steps in this amazing journey of  faith.  Ministry opportunities have opened to us, and God  is freeing up our time to do more for his Kingdom. In addition to Southeast Asia, India and Ghana, - doors also have opened for us in Mexico and Guatemala, where we will be going to in the Spring of 2020.  More details will be coming!

Pat and I want to thank each of you for partnering with us through your prayers and financial gifts.  We want you to know that each and every one of you is important to us.  Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for you!

Our pray for you is found in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,'says the Lord, 'plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future
and a hope."


Blessings on your journey with Him - Gary


For more of Montana's beauty visit our Sister Cyndy's photo blog www.Montana1aDay.com 







Monday, April 29, 2019

A Productive Weekend


Team Triple M. (Meadows Mexico Missions) Teamed up with the Foursquare Church at Hacienda Los Venados, Mexico and a church team from San Bernadino, CA to reach out to the community of Los Venados to celebrate Mexico's Day of theChild.

An estimated 300 children and parents joined in the fun - games, prizes, clowns, food, gospel and glasses!

Eye exams were given to 60 people, 30 received eye glasses. All were prayed for.  Ministry in the prayer tent was steady all day, with 8 known commitments to Christ.  Many children and parents raised their hands when Pastor Rojas gave the salvation call. 

Praising our faithful amazing God for His plan and purposes as the Body of Christ works together to share His love.

Your love, support and prayers makes it possible for us to continue sharing Jesus' love wherever He sends us.

Mucho Gracias.  Gary and Pat




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

When God Throws Wide the Door . . .


We must choose to walk through it. 

Our home Church, Meadows Fellowship in Las Vegas, sponsors missionaries to Mexico, Scott and January Wilson. We made a weekend trip to visit them in the Baja California state of Mexico.  Our purpose was to plan short-term mission trips from our church. We thought we were along for the administration side of it.

Unexpectedly we were presented with an opportunity to conduct an eye vision clinic in Mexico just 6 weeks from then. Our first hesitation was the shortness of time; company scheduled to arrive that same week; and all the logistics involved in planning our schedule and getting a supply of eye glasses.

The very next morning, the daily Bible verse confirmed to our hearts that this was God's will. “We will show mercy  to the poor and not miss an opportunity to do acts of kindness for others, for these are the true sacrifices that delight God’s heart.”  Hebrews 13:16 (TPT)

So here we go again! Another new country, another new adventure sharing God's love with those whose hearts are hungry and seeking for love and truth.

We return to Mexico April 27 - 30th.  The trip has multiple purposes:  to show Jesus’ love to the people who come to the community outreach – in a practical way through the eye-vision clinic as well as the ministry of the Word by local believers: and to begin training local believers who have a desire to do eye vision clinics in other parts of their Nation.

We covet your prayers especially during these next few weeks as we plan and prepare.  Please agree with us that all the logistical items will fall into place – provision, resources, physical strength. Pray that all the purposes that God has for this Outreach will be fulfilled in Jesus name.

Thank you for sharing this great adventure with us. Blessings - Pat & Gary

PS - it's a beautiful area on the Coast of Mexico, with delicious seafood and tacos!





Sunday, December 23, 2018

What A Year! 2018 in Review


Hi Everyone!

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 reads, "For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.(NLT) 

This scripture has had a profound effect on Pat and I.  What are these scriptures saying?  One, that the Lord will always provide seed to the farmer and then bread to eat.  Two, it is His intention to increase your resources, and produce a great harvest of generosity in you.  Third, God wants to enrich you in every way, so that you can always be generous. 

What is the end result?  Is it for you to have more for yourself?  No, it's so people will always be thanking God because of you! 

As we look back and see what was accomplished in 2018 we are amazed!    

Here is a quick recap of what we were able to do through God's grace, your prayers and financial backing.

India - Children's Outreach
India: While Pat, Cyndy, Sarah and I were in India this past September, we participated in outreaches to the tea plantation and inner-city children, as well as ministry to the local persecuted churches.  School Tutoring, Bible Classes, Sewing and Guitar Lessons are held to encourage and evangelize the area.                 The inventory of eye glasses was replenished as the local team continue to do Eye Clinics independently.


Burmese Ministers

Village Preschool
Myanmar:  On-going support for Anna & Khai Pi who minister in a remote village through a preschool, church, medical & sanitation programs.  A motorcycle was bought to help with transportation.  A coffee  plantation has been started to help generate income.




Cambodian Evangelist
Cambodia: Three houses were built in for homeless villagers, 15 families were provided with water filter systems which will supply clean water for up to two years.  Support was given for anti-human trafficking in Phnom Penh, rescuing children and young women from the sex trade. Counselling and vocational training is provided. Support was given to a young Khmer pastor who is evangelizing and planting churches.

Working with others that share the love of God, financial support was given for:


  •  Missionaries and Pastors in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Guatemala. 
  •  Pastoral support and a Christmas Party with food and gifts for an orphanage in Ghana.
  •  Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for children.
  •  Support for the Persecuted Church in Access Restricted Nations.
  •  Bibles and the Jesus Film were supplied to the underground churches in the 10-40 Window.
  •  Support to churches in the United States to reach their communities for Jesus.
  •  Food, medical care, housing and assistance to Jewish people in Israel.
  •  Support to help end Human Trafficking in Las Vegas.
  •  Salvations, healings and prophetic insight to churches we ministered at in the U.S. and worldwide.

People all over the world are 'thanking God because of you!'

It is our  prayer that this coming  year will be one of God's favor, blessings and abundance!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!    Gary & Pat

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!

Looking back over the past year - our hearts simply overflow with gratitude.

  • To you for your loving support demonstrated through prayer, giving and words of encouragement.
  • To the Lord for the amazing opportunities He has given us to share His love with the nations
Please take time to look through some of our 2018 Journal posts - the faces of the people you have helped through your support will capture your heart - and say more than words ever can.


HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING IDEAS
This Christmas we are excited to present three specific outreach areas that we personally work with:
  • Each one is a grass-roots volunteer-based outreach to "the least of these"
  • All specified donations will go directly to ministry outreaches
  • Please review the flyer below, and consider making a donation in honor of someone you love
Remember that you can support Greater Works at no extra cost to you 
- by shopping at Smile.Amazon.com and choose Greater Works Unlimited as your charity

The easiest way to do this is:
  1. log into your Amazon account as usual.
  2.  then click on this link and follow it through to support Greater Works Unlimited.
May your Thanksgiving be blessed with the richness of our Lord's presence.

With Love and Gratitude - Gary and Pat


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Giving Glory to God - Recap of Mission India 2018

Meadows Fellowship, our home church in Las Vegas, gave us the opportunity to present our trip report at Wednesday's Connect this week.

We invite you to listen to the audio presentation by clicking this link:
Gary & Pat Richards India 2018 Report

Photos mentioned in our presentation are separated into three slide shows for easier viewing.

1. Maps - Travel - Roads - Church - Sarah
     If you have difficulty watching the slide show - click here for the You Tube Link



2. Funeral - Himalayas - Neighborhood - Food
      If you have difficulty watching the slide show - click here for the You Tube Link



3. Tea Garden - CDC - Nagrakata - Thank You
      If you have difficulty watching the slide show - click here for the You Tube Link.



Thank you for sharing our Journey - Gary and Pat